In Feldenkrais we increase the range of motion, but at the same time “organize” movement patterns. For example with AY302 “Releasing the hips by holding the feet” the hip joints become more free, but are at the same time grooved into a pattern that is useful for walking and twisting.
I just came by an interesting study on pubmed. Let me quote to you:
Improvements in hip flexibility do not transfer to mobility in functional movement patterns.
Moreside JM, McGill SM. October 2013
1Department of Kinesiology, Faculty of Health Professions, Dalhousie University, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada; and 2Department of Kinesiology, Faculty of Applied Health Sciences, University of Waterloo, Waterloo, Ontario, Canada.
The purpose of this study was to analyze the transference of increased passive hip range of motion (ROM) and core endurance to functional movement. Twenty-four healthy young men with limited hip mobility were randomly assigned to 4 intervention groups. [..] Despite the large increases in passive hip ROM, there was no evidence of increased hip ROM used during functional movement testing. Similarly, the only significant change in lumbar motion was a reduction in lumbar rotation during the active hip extension maneuver (p < 0.05). These results indicate that changes in passive ROM or core endurance do not automatically transfer to changes in functional movement patterns. This implies that training and rehabilitation programs may benefit from an additional focus on ‘grooving’ new motor patterns if newfound movement range is to be used.